Robin Edds takes us through the 10 contenders for FIFA's Goal of the Year gong for 2010.
First up (in alphabetical order) is Hamit Altintop - the Bayern Munich and Turkey midfielder is clearly a graduate of the Paul Scholes School of Volleying.
The 27-year-old’s audacious effort helped his side to a comfortable 3-0 win against Kazakhstan in the opening fixture of his country’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. With a year still to go until the 16 European teams taking part in the finals are decided, it would take something quite special for Altintop’s strike not to be the best goal of the qualifiers.
Altintop’s twin brother, Halil, came on as a substitute towards the end of the same game but sadly could not match his brother – squandering the chance to make it 4-0.
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Without doubt the most original effort on the list, Matthew Burrows’ last gasp winner for Glentoran against Portadown must surely be a contender for the top prize.
After 91 minutes of forgettable football, Jonny Black put in a less than threatening cross. Whether through a moment of inspiration or desperation, Burrows turned his back to goal and backheeled the ball over the keeper and into the top corner.
A little over a month later and Burrows' goal has been watched nearly four million times on YouTube. The club are even trying to use this newfound fame to ease their financial worries. Beneath the video is an appeal for viewers to donate to the club as they are “struggling in the current financial climate”.
If they can guarantee goals like this every week, that’s got to be worth a pound of anyone’s money!
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